Toyota plans to explore the surface of the moon with the new Lunar Cruiser vehicle

Toyota plans to explore the surface of the moon through the use of a new vehicle called the Lunar Cruiser.

The company is working alongside the Japanese space agency on the vehicle, which is expected to launch later this decade.

Its overall ambition is to help people live on the Moon by 2040 and then live on Mars.

The vehicle’s name pays homage to the Toyota Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle.

According to Takao Sato, Lunar Cruiser project manager at Toyota, the vehicle is based on the idea that just as people eat, work, sleep and communicate with others safely in cars, the same can also be made in space.



The overall ambition is to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then live on Mars

He said: “We view space as a domain for our once-in-a-century transformation. By going into space, we may be able to develop telecommunications and other technologies that will prove valuable to human life. . ”

Toyota engineer Shinichiro Noda expressed enthusiasm for the lunar project and said the moon could provide valuable resources for life on Earth.

He said: “Sending our cars to the moon is our mission. Toyota has vehicles almost everywhere. But it’s about taking our cars to a place we’ve never been. ”



Shinichiro Noda said he was excited about the lunar project and said the moon could provide valuable resources for life on Earth (stock photo)
Shinichiro Noda said he was excited about the lunar project and said the moon could provide valuable resources for life on Earth (stock photo)

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GITAI has developed a robotic arm for the Lunar Cruiser, designed to perform tasks such as inspection and maintenance.

His “grapple attachment” allows the end of the arm to be changed so that he can perform other tasks as well, such as scooping, lifting, and sweeping.

GITAI chief executive Sho Nakanose said he believes the challenge of blasting off into space has been met, but working in space comes with significant costs and risks for astronauts, which is why robots are useful.

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